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Maria Chapdelaine (1934)

A young woman living with her family on the frontier in Quebec, Canada, endures the hardships of isolation and climate, and chooses between three suitors: a trapper, a farmer, and an ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maria Chapdelaine (as Madeleine Renaud Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
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Laura Chapdelaine
Gaby Triquet ...
Alma-Rose Chapdelaine
Maximilienne ...
Azelma Larouche (as Maximilienne Max)
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François Paradis
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Lorenzo Surprenant
André Bacqué ...
Samuel Chapdelaine (as André Bacqué Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Alexandre Rignault ...
Eutrope Gagnon
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Le curé
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Tit-Sèbe, le rebouteux
Thomy Bourdelle ...
Esdras Chapdelaine
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Le docteur
Émile Genevois ...
Tit-Bé Chapdelaine
Fred Barry ...
Nazaire Larouche
Pierre Laurel ...
Ephrem Surprenant
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A young woman living with her family on the frontier in Quebec, Canada, endures the hardships of isolation and climate, and chooses between three suitors: a trapper, a farmer, and an immigrant from Paris. Written by Steven Dhuey <walloon@mailbag.com>

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Release Date:

24 September 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Folket från de stora vidderna  »

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(Mélodium)

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1.37 : 1
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There are two cast lists in the title credits. The first one only lists the 6 main players as follows: Madeleine Renaud (as Madeleine Renaud Sociétaire de la Comédie Française), Jean Gabin, Jean-Pierre Aumont, André Bacqué (as André Bacqué Sociétaire de la Comédie Française), Alexandre Rignault and Suzanne Desprès. Then a full cast list details all female players along with their respective character names, followed by the male cast (also with the names of their characters). See more »

Goofs

Maria can be seen picking blueberries in a tree. See more »

Connections

Version of Maria Chapdelaine (1983) See more »

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Evoking a lifestyle from long ago...

The movie seems like an attempt to represent Quebec for a French audience, with an emphasis on what's unusual about the province's language, landscape, religious and working practices, etc. There's a lot of music and singing as well (including "Alouette" and other familiar songs of the times), with ultimately only a wisp of a story.

The title character, Maria Chapdelaine, is in love with François Paradis, and has to deal with his absence as he leaves to earn his livelihood as a fur trapper over the winter months. I won't say more about the story, because I would spoil the few surprises that it has to offer.

Unless you have a fascination for rural life in Quebec in the 1930s, you will find the movie slow going.


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